'Proper fight' for Seagulls

Published on: 17 April 2019

Chris Hughton acknowledges that defeat at home to Cardiff City means his Brighton side are in a 'proper fight' to preserve their Premier League status.

A stunning Nathaniel Mendez-Laing goal gave Cardiff a half-time advantage at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday and they cemented the win with a header from Sean Morrison in the second period.

It ensured Neil Warnock's team moved to within two points of Brighton. Cardiff are in 18th place on 31 points with four games left, while Brighton have got five games remaining.

Brighton have conceded seven goals in two home games without reply following their 5-0 thumping from Bournemouth at the weekend.

With Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City amongst their five remaining games, Hughton knows their position has become perilous now.

"It's a reflection of where we are. We had a lot of possession in their half but we are not scoring to get that breakthrough and we are putting ourselves under pressure," said the Brighton manager.

"We are on the back of two poor home defeats. We don't have a choice and we have a fight on our hands. This is a proper fight. We have to make sure we turn it round by staying together, digging deep and making ourselves hard to beat."

Brighton are 9/4 to be relegated, with Cardiff now 1/3.

Only relegated Fulham (six) and Huddersfield (four) have won fewer Premier League points in 2019 than Brighton (eight) so far. Hughton's side have now lost three consecutive home league games for the first time in over three years.

Brighton are 9/2 to get back on track by winning at Wolves on Saturday, while Cardiff are 14/1 to take three points from title chasing Liverpool when they visit the Welsh capital on Sunday.

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Chris Hughton acknowledges that defeat at home to Cardiff City means his Brighton side are in a 'proper fight' to preserve their Premier League status.

A stunning Nathaniel Mendez-Laing goal gave Cardiff a half-time advantage at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday and they cemented the win with a header from Sean Morrison in the second period.

It ensured Neil Warnock's team moved to within two points of Brighton. Cardiff are in 18th place on 31 points with four games left, while Brighton have got five games remaining.

Brighton have conceded seven goals in two home games without reply following their 5-0 thumping from Bournemouth at the weekend.

With Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City amongst their five remaining games, Hughton knows their position has become perilous now.

"It's a reflection of where we are. We had a lot of possession in their half but we are not scoring to get that breakthrough and we are putting ourselves under pressure," said the Brighton manager.

"We are on the back of two poor home defeats. We don't have a choice and we have a fight on our hands. This is a proper fight. We have to make sure we turn it round by staying together, digging deep and making ourselves hard to beat."

Brighton are 9/4 to be relegated, with Cardiff now 1/3.

Only relegated Fulham (six) and Huddersfield (four) have won fewer Premier League points in 2019 than Brighton (eight) so far. Hughton's side have now lost three consecutive home league games for the first time in over three years.

Brighton are 9/2 to get back on track by winning at Wolves on Saturday, while Cardiff are 14/1 to take three points from title chasing Liverpool when they visit the Welsh capital on Sunday.

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Source: bet365.com

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